The NBA is down to the Conference Finals which means we’ll have one game on the docket for Tuesday. As we look to fill out our NBA DFS lineups on DraftKings, which studs and value plays should be our top targets from Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals? Read on as we give you our Showdown strategy for Blazers/Warriors, Captain’s picks and DFS value picks in our May 2 NBA DFS picks.
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*All dollar values according to DraftKings as of 5/14/19
UTIL: Klay Thompson, GSW vs. POR, $12,600
With the fifth-highest salary on the board tonight, Klay Thompson makes for the perfect pseudo-value play in the Captain’s spot. He found his stroke in Games 5 and 6 against Houston, drilling a total of 12 three-pointers in Golden State’s last two games. He’s played heavy minutes and returned 41.50 and 40 DKFP in his last two games and been at or above 5x ROI in four of his last five following an uncharacteristically slow start to his playoffs. Klay in two regular season home games against Portland? 47.25 and 36.50 DKFP. Despite Portland’s usually sound defense on shooting guards, roll with the hot hand and hope the soothing sounds of Mozart mean another masterpiece is in store for Klay.
UTIL: Damian Lillard, POR @ GSW, $10,800
Thanks to a red-hot CJ McCollum effort, Damian Lillard happily deferred to his backcourt mate to help carry the Blazers to a Game 7 win in Denver. However, despite only shooting 3-of-17 from the field, Dame still was above 45 DKFP and 5x value for the fourth time in his last five games. Lillard ended his last game with 10 boards, 8 assists, and 3 steals and did well to not let his surprisingly cold shooting dictate the rest of his game. Now the Oakland native gets to head home where he’s had plenty of success, averaging 25.4 points per game including better than 41% shooting from three. Dame Dolla’s come up big for us in DFS already during the playoffs, and a Game 1 eruption is not out of the question in his playoff homecoming.
UTIL: Steph Curry, GSW vs. POR, $10,400
The first of two Curry brothers we’ll feature, Steph’s ridiculous second half (and fourth quarter in particular) of Game 6 in Houston is the stuff of legends. Curry went from having 0 first half points to 33 by game’s end, winding up with 45.75 DKFP in their closeout road win four days ago. We haven’t had one of those patented Curry unconscious shooting performances since Game 1 against the Clippers in the opening round (8 threes) and a big night of shooting from deep feels like it’s coming. In his only home game against Portland this season, Curry dropped 53.25 DKFP (6x ROI) and he finished north of 45 DKFP in all three games against the Blazers during the regular season. Stick with Steph and pray for a big night from the Splash Bros.
UTIL: Draymond Green, GSW vs. POR, $9,000
With Draymond Green in the mix, that means we’ll be starting four of the five highest-priced players on the board tonight on DraftKings. Green has been enjoying some of his finest postseason play tonight, having gone for at least 40 DKFP and 5x value in six of his last seven games in total. Green’s only home game against the Blazers during the regular season saw him return 43.75 DKFP and 7.2x value, but his excellent run of form against a tired Blazers bunch could mean a huge night is in store for the versatile big man. He’s got three triple-doubles in his last seven games and double-doubles in five of his last seven… don’t make the mistake of leaving him out of your lineup for Game 1.
UTIL: Enes Kanter, POR @ GSW, $4,400
No matter your thoughts on the smack-talking Turkish big man, there’s no denying that his performance while fasting for Ramadan has been nothing short of impressive. Unable to eat or drink after sunrise, Kanter was counted on to play 40 minutes in Portland’s Game 7 road win in Denver, beating the altitude and fatigue to get a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double. He’s been a revelation for the Blazers since Jusuf Nurkic went down, and has been above 5x ROI in five of his last nine playoff games. Kanter had a lone road match-up with the Warriors this year and it went well: balling out to the tune of 37 DKFP and 6.7x ROI. The tempo the Warriors may try to play at could mean lesser minutes and more time for Meyers Leonard ($1,800) or Betsology’s own personal playoff DFS Darling Zach Collins ($5,600) but Kanter offers excellent value and has always been capable of putting up major counting stats in limited minutes.
UTIL: Seth Curry, POR @ GSW, $2,600
While we would’ve loved to have rounded out our lineup with Evan Turner ($3,000) with the questionable designation of Rodney Hood ($5,000) ahead of Game 1, we’re making Momma and Papa Curry proud by starting both brothers tonight. Despite playing 17 minutes in Game 7, Seth Curry didn’t record a single point, rebound, assist, block, or steal. However, he’s been counted on to play at least 20 minutes in four of Portland’s last five games and could get more PT if Hood is to miss any time with that knee bruise. Seth connected for 15.75 DKFP in his last road game against the Warriors and has been above the 15 DKFP mark in two of his last three games overall against Golden State. He’s a risky play given his boom-or-bust style of play and role (last four games: 22.75, 15.50, 3, 0 DKFP) but the circumstances could be right for him to rise to the occasion and steal Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals from his big brother.
Team total: $49,800
Over/Under Total on FanDuel Sportsbook
*Total accurate as of 1:00 pm ET
220.5 – Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors (9:00 pm ET)
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